COVID-19 Information

Face Coverings and Social Distancing
Face coverings and social distancing will no longer be required in court facilities beginning July 6, 2021. Individuals may wear a face covering if they choose to do so, although judges may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court hearings

Current Court Operations
To continue operations in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, the following is effect through September 6, 2021:
 

  • In-Person Hearings and Trials: Criminal Jury Trials; Civil Jury Trials; court trials in Major Criminal, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Protection (including Child in Need of Protection or Services and Permanency cases types) cases; Criminal Settlement Conferences; and Grand Jury Proceedings continue to take place in-person. Mandatory misdemeanor criminal trials and contested hearings in these cases can be held in person beginning August 2, 2021.
  • Remote Hearings: All other district court proceedings will be held remotely unless the chief judge of the judicial district grants permission for an in-person proceeding based on extenuating circumstances.
  • Public Service Counters: At least one public service counter in each county, and one in the appellate courts, will be accessible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding court holidays. Counter service can be provided remotely, by appointment, or in person.
  • Self-Help Services: Self-Help services continue to be conducted by appointment, remotely, or by telephone.
  • Courthouse Terminals: Courthouse terminals are available based on hours established by the local district court. See below for more details.

 
If you are required to visit a court facility but have COVID-19 symptoms or have had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days, contact the court or your attorney as soon as possible.

Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Orders and Information »
Safety Reopening Court Facilities Resources »

Public Access to Houston Court Facilities

Public service counters and public access terminals (courthouse terminals) are available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Other County-Specific Information

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If you have questions about a case filed in Houston County, you may contact us by phone or email: